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9 Presidential Flirts

How many ways can a politician say “no”—while still leaving the door open to a presidential run?

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The One Who Spoke Too Soon: Barack Obama

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Detractors note that Chris Christie has said he isn’t ready to run for president and doesn’t have the experience. But where have voters heard that before? Back in 2004, a newly elected senator threw buckets of ice water on speculation that he might have his sights set on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “You know, I am a believer in...in knowing what you’re doing when you apply for a job. Uh, and I think that...if I were seriously to consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate,” the senator-elect said. “Now there may be some people who are comfortable doing that, but I am not one of those people.” It apparently wasn’t fatal: the speaker was Barack Obama, the man Christie’s backers want to defeat.

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